On a beautiful day on a lovely course in Roscrea on 9th September the Borris Ladies Miele Fourball team had a comprehensive win over a very good Skibereen team to win the Munster Regional and All Ireland Quarter Final of the Miele Fourball Championship.  The team now plays Laytown Bettystown in the All Ireland Semi Final in Lucan on 5th October.

The Borris Fourball Miele team pairings of Bernie Byrne & Kathy Mitchell, Mary Quirke(Lady Captain) & Eileen Kelly, Margaret Collins & Breda Nolan, Margaret Geoghegan & Linda Donohoe played a fancied Skibereen team in the All Ireland Quarter Final of the competition on 9th September.  The team from Borris had already beaten Mt. Juliet, Carlow, Nenagh, The Heath & Gowran to reach this stage of the competition.  With such stiff competition in tight matches in the earlier stages of the competition the ladies were well prepared to take on the unknown talent of Skibereen.  All the team including substitutes Bridie Galavan & Brenda McCarthy had prepared well and had all completed three practice rounds in the Roscrea venue prior to the Quarter Final. Team Manager on the day was Helen Jordan assisted by Niamh Connolly both of whom provided great support to the team.

As might be expected at this stage of the competition the standard of golf was of a very high order but our girls were well up for the task in hand and proceeded to comprehensively beat the opposition.  First match out was Bernie Byrne & Kathy Mitchell who won their match 6 & 5. The second match of Mary Quirke & Eileen Kelly lost 3 & 2 to an excellent Skibereen pairing. Third out were Margaret Collins & Breda Nolan and they duly obliged winning their match 4 & 2.  As the Miele competition is based on aggregate scoring, at this stage Skibereen could not make up the deficit and they conceded the last march with the final pairing of Margaret Geoghegan and Linda Donohoe called in on 16th with the Borris pair 2 up at that stage.

There were great celebrations after the matches in Roscrea and the Lady Captain, Mary Quirke, was presented with a Pennant for the Club by Bernadette McTague,  Chairperson Mid Leinster branch of the ILGU.  This presentation was greeted with great cheers by the team and their supporters as the Ladies Club last won a Pennant in 1989.  The team was overwhelmed by the support they got on the day with a huge number of Club members travelling to Roscrea to lend their support.

Borris now go forward to meet Laytown/Bettystown in Lucan on Saturday 5th October in the All Ireland Semi Final.  Matches begin at 10.30 a.m. on the day.  The semi finalists on Saturday 5th October are Borris v’s Laytown/Bettystown, MannonCastle  v’s Co. Sligo.  The Final takes place on Sunday 6th October at the same venue.

The full panel for the Miele Fourball Championship is: Mary Quirke, Eileen Kelly, Bernie Byrne, Kathy Mitchell, Margaret Collins, Breda Nolan, Margaret Geoghegan, Linda Donohoe, Bridie Galavan, and Brenda McCarthy.  Manager is Stephanie Dargan.

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